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The School that Rocked!

Leeds East Academy's production of musical hit

After months of dedicated rehearsals and hard work, students at Leeds East Academy delivered an incredible performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit musical, School of Rock, between Tuesday 1st-Thursday 3rd May.

The cast and crew embodied the school’s core values throughout the planning, rehearsals and final performance; they were a credit to the Academy.

The performance was packed with energy, humour and uplifting songs including titles such as ‘When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock’, ‘Stick it to the Man’ and ‘You’re in the Band.’   

School of Rock was an ambitious choice given that the majority of the cast needed to be able to act, sing, dance and in some cases play an instrument. Students embraced this challenge and produced an amazing production.

Year 9 student Skye said: “I am going to be lost when I no longer have the show to perform in.”  

Mrs Spencer-Matthews said: "The performance was utterly outstanding, culminating on the final night when the level of showmanship far surpassed that of a school show."

In a show of real resilience, the cast and crew extended the number of shows from the usual two nights to a record breaking three and two matinees.

A special mention goes to Daniel for playing the lead part of Dewey, a musician who pretended to be a supply teacher at the local High School, to unite a band of teenagers to perform in the 'Battle of the Bands'. His ferocious energy brought the character to life without ever overshadowing those around him.

Mrs Carrie said: “The PA team have done a tremendous job working for months to create an absolutely wonderful production. The students who took part were absolutely phenomenal!

Being part of this production has been a wonderful experience for our young people and a truly special experience for each and every one of them! It made me extremely proud to work with such talented staff and students.”

We would like to congratulate all the staff and students involved on their fantastic achievements. They didn’t just tell the story of a passionate teacher and a group of talented students, they lived it.